So after three amazing years I am leaving Sweden, oj oj oj! I’m sorry my blog has not been very active this summer, I got a little busy in the kitchen… So here is a quick hejdå blog.
Things I learnt in Sweden: to drink coffee, drive the tractor, grow a vegetable garden, the importance of fika, make marmalade and chili sauce from starch, a basic knowledge of wine, how to clear snow from the car, dance swedish bugg, eat sauerkraut, and a new love for eatable flowers.
Things I am proud of: successfully catered for 600 people (x3), getting the cafe into the White Guide, serve 166 people for lunch with just two of us in the kitchen, my fantastic mushroom picking skills and elk spotting skills.
Things I am not so proud of: driving the delivery bus into the ditch, dropping a whole chocolate basil cake on the floor, driving a delivery to the wrong place, being a SFI drop out and blowing up two kitchen whisk machines in one day (lucky I work for Karin who is famous for finding the positive in everything!)
It is definitely the people I have met here in Sweden and Hornudden that have made this experience so great.
Mats and Karin (owners of Hornudden) are two very amazing people. They are the definition of ‘hard working’. For those who don’t know, a normal work day for them begins at 6 and ends at midnight (or later when there are guests). Everyday they manage the greenhouses, fields, a kitchen, a herb house, a cafe, a shop and a restaurant. That doesn’t include the in-between tasks of baking, laundry, managing volunteers, accounting, cleaning, marketing, renting out holiday houses, deliveries…the list goes on and on…
It’s a shame not everyone can experience Hornudden from the inside, I was extremely lucky to stumble upon this place ”in the middle of Sweden” It has been an amazing adventure and the experience has been absolutely unforgettable.